ADBA Northern Ireland Conference

Keeping Northern Ireland’s anaerobic digestion sector energised: conference programme

Time Description 

Welcome and introduction to our first anaerobic digestion conference focussed on Northern Ireland

At a time when the Renewables Obligation (RO) has closed to new applicants and Northern Ireland is making relatively little progress on reducing greenhouse gases, the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) Chief Executive will outline the enormous value of AD across energy, waste, climate policy and farming.

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)


How can anaerobic digestion contribute to Northern Ireland’s waste, energy and farming challenges?


Introduction to the anaerobic digestion Best Practice Scheme

With the operational, environmental and health and safety aspects of anaerobic digestion high on the agenda, ADBA’s Best Practice Scheme Manager will provide an overview of how the Best Practice Scheme can help operators improve performance, save money and reduce their risk.

Jess Allan, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)

TBC Networking Break

Brexit, the new government and trade between north and south – how will this impact the NI AD industry?

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has created uncertainty for north-south trade in energy, food, digestate, waste and livestock. What can be done to minimise any impact on the AD industry?

TBC Lunch and networking

Separate food waste collections: how they are working in Northern Ireland?

With separate food waste collections being introduced in Northern Ireland, how are they working and how can they be improved?

Thomas Bell, Clyde Shanks


Feedstock and nutrient management

Northern Irish AD plants use a whole range of feedstock to generate energy and fertiliser. Grass silage, cow manure and poultry manure are some of the most common, as well as abbatoir waste and food waste. What are the considerations for getting the most energy from these feedstocks? And equally as important - how can the resulting digestate be managed?

Gary Lyons, Senior Scientist - Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)
Shane Karr, Director - Irwin Carr

TBC Networking break 

Improving my plant’s performance

Some AD plants In Northern Ireland and across the UK and Ireland operate at load factors of over 98%, while others operate at under 60%. For the lower-performing plants, this represents a huge loss in income. Our panel discusses how you can ensure your AD plant is one of the top performers.

Les Gornall, CAPITA